A while ago I promised to restrict my comments about the U.S. presidential elections to important topics because my frequent comments on one of the VP’s were reportedly getting bitter…
If there is anything that many countries of the world can be mad about is that they can not elect their own president. The Americans CAN do it. The rest of the world can laugh at Dubya and say he is the least bright president ever [www.dubyaspeak.com], but any American can say, [warning, just an example!] Hey, he may be a dumb president, but he is OUR president.
In recent years presidents have been affecting lives of people in different ways than they did in 1990’s. Decisions are made about things that will affect people in the upcoming years but the people concerned can do nothing about it! In other words, everything is way faster… They can not call their Senator, they can not file a normal lawsuit without legal guardian representation [with some exceptions] and they can not even get drunk because of the political decision, for crying out loud. There is a Czech saying “O nas, bez nas”, which means “About us, without us”.
This is why I think that Americans aged 16-18 should have the general right to vote. And if not the regular one, than there should be some kind of recalculation system. Example: three votes from “teenage” voter would be as good as one from an adult voter.
A sixteen year-old can be sentenced to life in prison in some states. The same person can’t even buy a beer.
You can’t have sixteen year-olds start buying alcohol, but it can work the other way around. Instead of giving them the good stuff earlier, let them have the responsible stuff earlier.
Makes perfect sense to me and I think there would be way more 30 year-olds in the House.
You can do it, America. 🙂